Three-time Grade 1-winning multi-millionaire Accelerate (Lookin At Lucky—Issues, by Awesome Again) will stand at Lane’s End Farm upon retirement.
“Accelerate has proven to be the best mile and a quarter horse in training in America,” said Bill Farish. “In his five starts this year, he’s won four, including three Grade 1s and has run three of the five fastest Beyers all year: 115, 111, 110.”
Accelerate began his racing career as a sophomore winning two stakes, including the G2 Los Alamitos Derby in his graded stakes debut. He finished the year third to Tamarkuz and Gun Runner in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. As a four-year-old, Accelerate was in the money in his next four starts, three of which were graded, before defeating the previously thought-to-be-unbeatable Arrogate in the G2 San Diego H. This victory marked Accelerate as one of the best handicap horses in training. The Hronis Racing colorbearer then earned his first Grade 1 score in the Santa Anita H. in March, which he followed up with a victory in the G1 Gold Cup. Accelerate set a record in the G1 Pacific Classic, winning by 12 1/2 lengths, the largest margin of victory in the history of the race. Off this effort, Accelerate has taken the top spot on the most recent NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll over Justify. He also became one of only three horses to win the G1 Santa Anita H., G1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita, and the G1 Pacific Classic in the same season.
“Accelerate has been a superstar from the beginning,” trainer John Sadler noted. “He was a good three-year-old, running third to two very good horses in the Breeders’ Cup, he beat Arrogate as a four-year-old, and this year he’s proved he is one of, if not the best, active horses in America.”
Accelerate is from a sire line very familiar with Lane’s End, having stood Champion Sire Smart Strike. Accelerate is by Champion Lookin At Lucky and is out of the stakes-placed dam Issues. He is a half-brother to stakes winners Daddy DT and Amarish. He is inbred to Broodmare of the Year Smartaire, which is the family of Champion two-year-old filly Smart Angle and successful sire Smarten, who is most notable as the broodmare sire of Smart Strike.
“Accelerate is the kind of horse that we seek out, that we believe in,” said Will Farish. “Tough, sound, fast, classic distance handicap horses. These are the type of racehorses that have made Lane’s End Stallions, what it is today.”
“We have been very fortunate to own a horse of Accelerate’s caliber. Undoubtedly, he will be an exciting addition to the Lane’s End roster and we look forward to following his stallion career upon retirement from racing,” Kosta Hronis said.
Accelerate currently has a lifetime record of 20-8-5-5 with $2,312,480 in earnings.